At Standing Still I Have a Skill

by Kenn Nesbitt
At standing still I have a skill
that truly is unique.
At sleeping I’m unquestionably
on a winning streak.

At lying down I’m unsurpassed;
I’m simply undefeated.
At sitting I’m the reigning champ;
I’ll never be unseated.

At drifting in a daydream
it is obvious I’m blessed.
At starting at the TV
I’m undoubtedly the best.

At doing nothing
I’m even better than you’d think.
At everything besides that, though,
I’d have to say I stink.

I hope someday I’ll maybe learn
another kind of skill.
Until then I’m content to be
the best at standing still.

Text © Kenn Nesbitt, reprinted from The Aliens Have Landed at Our School! published by Meadowbrook Press. Illustration © Stephen Carpenter. Any copying or use of this poem or illustration without consent is unlawful.


The Story Behind the Poem:
The truth is that I’m not very good at doing nothing. I like to be productive, so when I feel like I don’t have anything to do I make a list of everything I need to get done, such as cleaning my office, writing a poem, taking a walk, and so on. Then I just go down the list and try to do everything on it before the end of the day.

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